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My 2001 Nissan Quest temp gauge rise to hot, cools then get hot

I have a 2001 Nissan Quest and the temperature guage went from normal to hot in 10 minutes every day. Now the engine gets hot and smokes (smell like burning wire) and quits running, then it will restart.
Is this a thermostat issue?

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    berniceprz Mar 21, 2013

    having same problem, it got nothing to do whit colant level. , i did tht plu new thermostat and still overheathing, now i am chaingin water pompto see if i fix the problem , because left side of the oper hose get hot and the right dide stay cold ...

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You better not be driving your car overheating like that and shutting off on you! It sounds like you've most likely lost all your coolant due to a leak of some sort, and your engine is overheating. I would take the vehicle to a shop make sure you don't have some kind of major coolant leak. They'll also want to do a "block-check", which is a fluid that can detect combustion vapors in the coolant, that would indicate you've blown a head gasket due to overheating. It's very bad for an engine to run without coolant, even for 10 minutes. I'd have the vehicle towed in unless the shop is right around the corner. If you'd like to check your coolant level yourself, make sure the engine is cold or at least the vehicle has been off for an hour. Checking the overflow tank level may not be good enough. You'll have to remove the radiator cap and determine if you've got any coolant in the radiator. If not use either regular pre-mixed green coolant, or if you have non pre-mixed dilute it to a 50/50 ratio coolant and water. I wouldn't continue to drive your van with it acting up like it has until you can get it checked out.

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